A Cure for Holiday Stress — Gratitude

Whether at the end of an old year, with the stress and anxiety that holidays can bring, or at the beginning of a new one — and all the time in between — teaching and practicing an attitude of gratitude can be transformative — as suggested in this video from PBS Digital Studios.

PBS LearningMedia has PreK-12 resources to help you nurture gratitude in students.  From its Transformative Teachers collection (and The Dali Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT), a lesson plan for grades 5-8  Continue reading

The Impact of AIDS and The End of Extreme Poverty

December 1st is World AIDS Day, and you can help students (Grades: 9-12) understand the impact of AIDS in countries like Mozambique, where AIDS-related diseases are emerging as a major cause of death among children.

As you can see in this trailer,  FILMS BYKIDS: Home is Where You Find It introduces students to sixteen-year-old filmmaker Alcides Soares, an AIDS orphan who, along with Vovo, survives on the income from their food stand, earning just 20 cents a day and Continue reading

Remembering What We Have to Be Thankful For

As we learn in this clip All About the Holidays, Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a holiday in 1863, so we would remember to think about what we have to be thankful for (good practice throughout the year).  As students and teachers  approach the holiday, PBS LearningMedia has a cornucopia of preK-12 resources to engage students in Thanksgiving, its stories and its history.

Among the pages of resources that range from understanding early 17th century colonial society to Daniel Tiger’s Thank You song, you’ll find something to capture the spirit of this uniquely American holiday.  Continue reading

Thomas & Friends for Family Night and the Classroom

Parents and educators have shared their appreciation for Thomas & Friends resources in helping children learn.  This week, PBS KIDS Family Night — which offers a fun, educational movie each Friday — premieres Thomas & Friends “Journey Beyond Sodor.”  This new adventure, airing at 7 p.m. Friday on WGBY Kids, shows that friendship is more important than being the favorite engine.

Resources for classroom and parents can also be found at Continue reading

Halloween Resources that Go BUMP in the Night

This video from PBS LearningMedia is just a taste of the PreK-12 Halloween video and lesson plan treats waiting for you — such as making slime, using math to share candy, studying zombie brains, and exploring the concept of fear.

Don’t be afraid to add the spooky and the scary to learning about Halloween in the classroom Continue reading

The Vietnam War — Only On PBS

WGBY premieres Ken Burns and Lynn Novick new documentary series, Vietnam, this Sunday, September 17, at 8pm.  While a 10-part series might seem daunting to some, David Bianculli’s, NPR’s Fresh Air film critic, calls it a “brilliantly structured documentary series,” noting its powerful use of music such as “Led Zeppelin’s ‘Dazed and Confused’ [which] isn’t just a rock song; it’s a battlefield debriefing.”

As Ken Burns himself remarks in this trailer, the film could only have been made only on PBS.  And even before classroom resources Continue reading

Teaching Tolerance In the Classroom

Recent events in Charlottesville may have you thinking about what more you can do to help students become tolerant and fair-minded adults.  At least as important as your subject matter is the classroom environment you create, one with patience, understanding and love — fertile ground for growing just citizens.

Regardless of age level, the following sites offer resources for both Continue reading